November 17, 2014, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) is a model of how collaboration among industry, conservationists and governments can achieve environmental and economic objectives, Dr. Wynet Smith told the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress today.
“The driving principle behind the CBFA is that the environment and the economy don’t have to be at odds,” said Dr. Smith. “This agreement aims to protect significant areas of Canada’s vast boreal forest, protect threatened woodland caribou, and find a new prosperity for the forestry industry and communities in collaboration with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.”
Dr. Smith made her remarks at a workshop on Effective and Equitable Governance of the Landscape: Advancing the Governance Frontier, at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney, Australia. In her presentation, Dr. Smith highlighted the CBFA’s broad landscape planning approach and methods for identifying potential protected areas. Dr. Smith also participated in the WPC’s e-poster presentation, which provided participants with a high-level introduction to the CBFA.
The World Parks Congress is the premiere global forum on protected areas. The CBFA was pleased to participate, as defining protected areas to promote biodiversity and encourage the recovery of species at risk is one of the agreement’s goals.
Dr. Smith emphasized the importance of the CBFA’s collaborative approach, which involves industry and conservation representatives, working in consultation with world-leading scientists and local communities to find solutions that achieve high degrees of social and economic prosperity and ecological integrity.
“Under the CBFA, we are working towards a network of protected areas that represents the diversity of the boreal region,” said Dr. Smith. “Our process involves collaboration between former adversaries, who have partnered to find ways to protect Canada’s boreal forests, while ensuring the prosperity of the communities that rely on the forestry industry based there.”
The CBFA is the world’s largest conservation initiative. It seeks to conserve significant areas of Canada’s vast boreal forest, protect threatened woodland caribou, and sustain a healthy forestry industry for the communities who rely on it for their livelihood. The agreement acknowledges that governments are the final authority and that Aboriginal peoples and their governments have treaty rights and title in the boreal forest, as well as legitimate interests and aspirations for it. Successful implementation of the CBFA requires the effective involvement of both groups.
Current signatories to the CBFA include seven leading environmental organizations, the Forestry Products Association of Canada and its 18 member companies, and Kruger Inc. It directly applies to more than 73 million hectares across the country.
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The following are signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement:
Environmental Organizations (ENGOs):
Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts International Boreal Conservation Campaign and the Ivey Foundation.
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., AV Group, Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company, Conifex Timber Inc., Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., Fortress Paper Ltd., Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Ltd., LP Canada Ltd., Mercer International, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Resolute Forest Products, Tembec Inc., Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., and Weyerhaeuser Company Limited — all represented by the Forest Products Association of Canada, which is also a signatory. Kruger Inc. is also a signatory.